Math doesn’t have to be an endless round of drill and kill or worksheets. Instead try adding a few math games to spice up your normal routine. Kids will have fun and you’ll enjoy a pleasant change.
These games are wonderful for the whole family, especially on chilly winter days. Make up some hot chocolate or apple cider, and choose a couple awesome math games to play with your kids.
Awesome Math Games for Kids
1. Fall Leaves Math Activity
Leaves are falling all over town around here. The kids are thrilled. I can’t tell you how many leaves have been collected and brought into my house. This is the perfect time to do the Fall Leaves Math Activity with the kids. Kids count. They add and subtract. Kids have fun playing with fall leaves while doing math.
2. Knock ’em Down Bean Bag Toss
How many times do your children get permission to throw things in the house? I don’t know about you, but it’s a rare treat in my house. That’s what makes the Bean Bag Toss so much fun. Young kids get to throw bean bags at pins before answering simple math problems. They throw. You teach math. It’s a win-win game for kids and parents alike!
3. Math Dance
Don’t miss out on children’s love of movement and activity by skipping the Math Dance. Instead get your kids rocking and rolling around the house, memorizing facts, and having a blast. Family fun is what it’s all about.
4. Tea Party Math
Preschool kids adore playing tea party math. It’s a simple game that involves inviting every single stuffed animal or doll to the tea party. You count, add, and subtract guests as they arrive. You count, add, and subtract tea cups, saucers, and plates. You can even count, add, and subtract cookies for your guests.
5. Pattern Block Games
Give your child a bucket of pattern blocks to create an intricate path across the kitchen table. Once the path is built, use a couple of hot wheels or small characters as game tokens to move across the board. Roll a couple of dice, count or add the numbers, and see who can reach the end of the path first.
6. Jump Rope
Instead of jump roping to the same songs children have used for generations, try chanting the drills as you jump rope. Begin first with addition and subtraction chants before moving on to multiplication and division. This is a fun way to both memorize math facts and to add some physical exercise to the homeschool day.
7. Math Bee
Hold a family math bee instead of a spelling bee. Simply divide up the family into two teams with one person calling out math problems. Each team takes turns having one player answer a math problem, although be sure to use grade appropriate math problems to keep things even. See which team can answer the most math problems correctly.
With these awesome math games, your family will have fun learning math together. You can jump, enjoy a math bee, or simply create your own game board on a cold winter’s night.
What are your favorite math games to play?
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